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Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!

Esme Raji Codell

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ISBN 10: 0786851791 / ISBN 13: 9780786851799
Published by Hyperion, 2005
Condition: Collectible: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed Very nice hardback and jacket. Only slight wear. Signed by author on title page. Text is clean, unmarked. First edition, 1st printing. Full number line: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 (Shelf location: BB5) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Bookseller Inventory # 057049

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Title: Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: ISigned

Edition: First Edition.

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Old Scroogemacher was as sour as a pickle and had a tongue like horseradish. He was a tyrant to the poor workers in his waistcoat factory, and even on the last night of Hanukkah, he had the nerve to set the clocks back. What a shtunk. When his nephew Moshe protests, Scroogemacher laughs. "Hanukkah, shmanukah," he says. "It's just another night to me."Oy vey iz mir, was he wrong! Who would have thought that not one, not two, but THREE ghostly rabbis would visit him that night? As Scroogemacher travels back and forth with his wise spirits from the time of the Maccabees, to the present-day tenements and then on to the wonders and horrors of the future, he begins to understand that some good can happen from a little remembering. Especially on Hanukkah, Shmanukkah.But do the rabbis manage to turn Scroogemacher into a mensch? Can a leopard change his spots? So you'll read the book, you want that I tell you everything right here?

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. In this picture book for older children, Codell retells Dickens' A Christmas Carol, replacing Yule customs with those of the Festival of Lights. Old Scroogemacher, the owner of an early-twentieth-century New York City garment shop, mistreats his immigrant workers and reduces their wages at the slightest offence. The Rabbi of Hanukkah Past helps Scroogemacher to recall the origins of the holiday, the Rabbi of Hanukkah Present takes him on a tour of the crowded tenements where his employees live, and the Rabbi of Hanukkah Future informs her charge about current labor practices, offering Scroogemacher two possible scenarios for his nephew Moshe's future. Codell sprinkles her telling with a generous helping of Yiddish phrases, clarified in a glossary, and humorous asides designed for modern audiences: when Scroogemacher comments about the ubiquitousness of Christmas, the rabbi replies, "What can I say? They have good decorations." Pham's luminous artwork exhibits an Old World style suitable to the setting. Appended with source notes from the author and illustrator, this will find a niche as a family read-aloud. Kay Weisman
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